Top 10 Best DIY Children Costumes


Halloween is a time for kids to dress up as their favorite character, super hero, movie star, food, etc. If you think it, you can be it. Nowadays, children’s costumes range from $20-$60 and even more if you’re going to the extreme!! As a parent, you want your child to LOVE their costume and remember it forever. The best way to do this is to create a fabulous DIY Halloween costume!

DIY Halloween costumes are fun, less expensive than store bought costumes, more creative, and you get to decide every aspect of it! We gathered the top 10 best children costumes that you can re-create at a fraction of the price of a store bought costume.



Image & Tutorial By: Eighteen 25

Was Frozen a favorite in your household for months on end? Send your child trick-or-treating as the prettiest snow queen with this easy and creative Elsa costume!

Peter Pan


Image & Tutorial By: Babble

If your child is free spirited and loves to be adventurous, create this simple, yet adorable Peter Pan costume!

Minnie Mouse 


Image & Tutorial By: Sugar Bee Crafts

Minnie Mouse is a classic Disney character and you can re-create this look with items you have at home and a few pieces from your local hobby store!



Image & Tutorial By: Googie Momma

Don’t settle on a costume  with a vest that fits awkwardly, a hat that’s too big or a belt that hangs off your child’s waist! Make the perfect Woody costume with some fabric and foam pieces!



Image & Tutorial By: Kiki & Company

Getting ready for the ball is a serious task… Don’t let your beautiful girl walk out of the house without this unique DIY Cinderella dress!



Image & Tutorial By: Catching up With Kate

Olaf is the goofiest, cutest, most loving snowman there is and you can make your child this costume with a quick trip to your local hobby store. It takes time but the outcome is totally worth it!



Image & Tutorial By: Make it & Love it

Re-create the look of the beautiful princess with the magic, healing hair!

Buzz Lightyear 


Image & Tutorial By: Fun at Home with Kids

Does your child want to be the toughest space ranger? Send him to infinity AND beyond with this awesome Buzz Lightyear costume that will win the vote for best homemade costume!

Snow White


Image & Tutorial By: Candice Ayala

Minus the poisonous apple, your child can feel like Snow White with this easy to replicate DIY tutorial!



Image & Tutorial By: Playing With Scissors

They may work for an evil scientist, but Minions are both silly and stylish! Dress your child in this adorable costume.

What’s your favorite DIY costume idea? Are you going to make your own costume, or are you headed for the store-bought route? We want to hear your thoughts!!

Labor Day Plans

Labor Day is right around the corner and there are so many things one could do in a few short days! This is a holiday we all like to celebrate because it honors those who work hard and strive to achieve their goals. Take a break from work; spend time with loved ones and friends because you deserve it! Whether your plan consists of camping, picnics, BBQ’s, pool parties or crafts, make sure you’re prepared and ready for a weekend of fun!


Going camping? It’s a tradition many families have to go camping for Labor Day weekend and it’s definitely a favorite! The beautiful scenery makes it easy to relax and forget about all your worries, even if it is only for a few days. But before you get in your car and drive away, consider these helpful tips to ensure that you have an enjoyable trip!

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Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get everyone together and have a delicious cookout! From ribs to burgers and pasta salad, the end of summer BBQ may be the greatest idea ever. Have everyone bring a signature dish or side and dig in! If you’re all out of ideas, check out the top 25 Labor Day recipes that are sure to make your guests happy.

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If you have little ones at home it is sometimes hard to keep them entertained for long. Engage them with fun, stimulating crafts they can do in the comfort of your home or on the go! These crafts are great for any age group and they encourage kids to be the best they can be and honor those around us!

Fun and easy Labor Day crafts

How to Safely Hang Holiday Lights


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Christmas is right around the corner, and this weekend is the perfect time to put up your holiday light display. However, before you dive right in, there are some things to keep in mind. Just blindly stumbling into your yard with lights in hand is the wrong way to go about things. For starters, it can lead to haphazard-looking displays. Secondly, it’s just not safe. Without the proper equipment and prep, accidents have an increased chance of happening.

So before you head outside, go over our handy checklist. It will help to keep you safe, and ensure your display turns out bright and beautiful.

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What Not to Give Holiday Gift Guide

Getting the right gift for the various members of your family during the Holiday season can be tough. Everyone has specific likes and needs, and unfortunately, they’re not always immediate to the gift giver. This year, if you don’t know what to get for your loved ones, don’t just guess! Sometimes, getting a gift that the recipient doesn’t want or need is worse.

We at HeltonTool want to help, which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to give you an idea of what types of gifts should be avoided for the four main people in most people’s lives: dad, mom, son, and daughter! Once this is all over, you’ll not only be an expert at what types of gifts you should avoid, you’ll have ideas for several gifts that should be given.

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Top 6 Gift Ideas For Dad

The Holidays are upon us and now is the ideal time to start mulling over what gifts to get those special people in your life (if you haven’t already started thinking about it, that is). To help make the process easier, we will be publishing a series of guides through Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help you decide what’s best to get for your family without having to spend an arm and a leg.

First up, it’s dad! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your father, husband, grandad, or even uncle, HeltonTool has the best selection of goods to ensure the man in your life gets exactly what he needs.

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7 Tips to Deep Fry Your Turkey Safely


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Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and one of the most popular and delicious ways to cook your turkey is to deep-fry it. What’s not to love? It’s a fast cooking method, the end result is juicy and golden brown, and the flavor is top notch. Unfortunately, it can be quite a dangerous way to cook without proper preparation, with burns and other related injuries commonplace. In fact, so many people approach the process of deep-frying their Thanksgiving turkey incorrectly and get hurt that the National Fire Protection Association actually discourages using the method.

It doesn’t have to be this way, however. With just a dash of proper prep, the juiciest, most delicious deep-fried turkey you’ve ever tasted is within reach. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.

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How to Guest-Prep Your Home for the Holidays


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The Holiday season is well underway and before you know it, hordes of friends, family, and guests will descend upon your home, eager to feast, have a good time, and enjoy the company of one another. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, it’s quite easy to overlook the fact that your home should be prepared for guests before they actually arrive.

From stocking up on essential items, to making certain guests have comfortable places to relax, there are many things that need to be done to ensure you’re not running about like a chicken with its head cut off once people knock on your door.

If you’re reading this, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a checklist of essential tasks that can be done now to not only make sure your home is ready to host visitors, but ensure you can relax along with everyone once they arrive as well.

So break out your work gloves. You have a house to attend to!

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How to Trick or Treat Safely

The big day is right around the corner! This weekend, your kids will suit up into their chosen costume and take to the streets, eager to fill plastic pumpkin pails and pillowcases full of enough candy to have a toothache that lasts to Easter.

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, safety concerns often get lost in the shuffle. This is scary when you think about it, because on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween in comparison to other days of the year. What is even scarier is that although ¾ of parents express concerns over Halloween safety issues, only 1/3 actually talk to their kids about it.

So don’t fall into the same boat. This year, take a few seconds to talk to your children about Halloween safety. Your kids will be able to have a fun night, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not they choose to make safe, well-informed decisions.

Here are HeltonTool’s top trick or treat safety tips to discuss with your kids.

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6 DIY Halloween Crafts to Make With Your Kids

When it comes right down to it, Halloween can be a very family-focused holiday. From making treats, to creating DIY decorations, to even whipping up a terrifying feast, the scariest day of the year presents many opportunities to get together as a family and bond.

Creating your own Halloween crafts is no exception. It’s a blast, it’s the perfect way to get together and do stuff as a family, and best of all, it’s a great way for your kids to flex their creative muscles. So this weekend, get in the Halloween mood by gathering up your family and making something scary together.

Here are 6 kid-friendly ideas to get you started, each of which is more than capable of scaring up a healthy dose of wholesome family fun.

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